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About The Fruteria
The Frutería – Botanero by Chef Johnny Hernandez is inspired by Mexico's beautiful and colorful fruit stands. The name literally means "green grocer" and the look pays homage to the Mexican "Tree of life" drawings on amate (bark) paper hanging on the walls. The space echoes a Mexican Botanero which is a casual space where people gather after work to get botana-style Mexican tapas and cocktails. The atmosphere of The Frutería tips its hat to Mexico's artisans. The space is contemporary yet casual anchored by the use of vibrant colors and textures. From the furniture, lighting, artwork to the earthenware used to serve food, The Frutería provides an authentic and fresh experience. By day the menu offerings range from fresh fruit cups, licuados (smoothies) to tortas and tostadas for breakfast and lunch. By night, The Frutería transforms into a Botanero offering Mexican tapas or small plates of botanas or antojitos, ranging from nuts, guacamoles, stuffed peppers to bite-size tostadas.
Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
S. Alamo & Cevallos
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We have street parking in front of the resturant and after 5:00 pm we offer parking in the secure lit parking lot across the street.
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Fantastic, fresh, fun, flavorful adventure!
Love food? Like to try new things? Want fresh food and cocktails? This is the place for you. This is my favorite place for brunch and a must visit anytime I'm in San Antonio! The food is great and deliciously different, and the cocktails are beyond compare. All are made with fresh infusions. Recommend the sinocrinozada torta and the mango mimosas for brunch. Grab a chicken tinga chalupa and cucumber margarita for lunch or dinner. Don't forget an agua fresca to go ... made fresh daily, these various infused waters are great! This past weekend our table had the cantaloupe, the hibiscus, and the pineapple. Muy delicioso!
Creative Mexican in San Antone
Fruteria is not your typical Mexican restaurant. The food is anything but Tex Mex and is creatively prepared traditional Mexican food with an array of great margaritas and infusions. The menu is primarily tapas-style so you can try a number of different dishes - all done very well with great flavors. Don't come here expecting great tacos and enchiladas - you'll be disappointed.
My wife and I are fans of Johnny Hernand ...
My wife and I are fans of Johnny Hernandez's cooking and service styles. While she has gone to his other restaurant; El Machito, this is my first time indulging in the chef's cuisine. We were blown away by how true the fair reflects the restaurants name. We started our lunch with a Verde liquado with some fresh cilantro thrown into it. The server; who for the life of me I cannot remember his name; recommended this to us. This server by the way is who solely made our lunch exceptional.
She had the Tangy Chicken Toastada, and I had the Bistec Torta. They were both outstanding! The Toastada had the perfect balance of savory, almost umami flavors that were in perfect harmony with the citrus and sharp flavors of their freshly pickled escabecha. The Torta was that of an infusion of what I like to think Mexican and French. The bollios had that fresh French bakery taste which made the filling of the Bistec, fresh tomato and avocado sing! We then shared an out of this world bread pudding; which was also recommended to us by the server. As a chef myself, I appreciate a good meal; and this is one of the best I've had in a while. 5 outta 5 hands down. We will be back!
No Tex Mex here, just authentic Mexican!
We weren't sure what expect from the restaurant, but we were very pleasantly surprised. The food was delicious and I loved the extensive drink menu. Even better was the service. We never had to wait for someone to check on us, Antonio and other waitstaff were always near to make sure we had anything we needed. The restaurant is extremely clean and decorated with wonderful Mexican art of all kinds. I would recommend La Fruteria to couples or groups who are in the mood for fantastic food and drinks.
Never got a table
An hour after our reservation, we still weren't seated. The hostess was unimpressive and seemed uninterested in getting us seated at all. Other patrons came in and out and we still hadn't been seated. We left and were seated immediately at Liberty Bar instead.
This was my second visit to this restaurant , after my first experience having gone so well. I live in Houston and I am always looking for great places to eat when in San Antonio. The drinks were great ! I had the " Jarrito" with the 6 chilies infuse and it was amazing. Dinner was sadly lacking . The plate presentation was great but the food was served cold. We tried the chiles en nogada, puerco en salsa verde, gorditas tinga de pollo all served cold. We also tried the chilapitas de atun and that was great.
The restaurant wasn't busy for a Saturday night , but the Waite staff was slow.
Fruteria is our go-to place for Sunday brunch and delicious salads during the week. I'm not a salad person, but Fruteria combines the freshest greens and fruit to create beautiful, flavorful dishes. As a local here in San Antonio, we love that Johnny Hernandez opened Fruteria, which offers healthy options at affordable prices. San Antonio is lucky to have chef Johnny Hernandez and his culinary inventiveness!
great place for leisurely dinner
Really enjoyed the food, and enjoyed ordering a couple of things at a time and then a couple more when those were gone. Ate on the outdoor patio, which was nice, though the music was a little loud. Service was nice, but sometimes slow.
great brunch, friendly servers, juices are great
Excellent experience...went for brunch the natural juices are amazing, mimosas are made with real fruit juice not canned, the guacamole is incredible if you go try something different you won't be disappointed. The ambience is nice decorative but not overwhelming. The servers are friendly and attentive. I would say this is a true gem in Johnny's restaurants not as loud as La Gloria, but a great still a great experience. Take a group of friends but make reservations to make sure your covered.
Fresh flavor & Fun atmosphere!
This little botanero is only a few miles from the heart of downtown San Antonio and is definitely a neighborhood gem. All the food is fresh and local, and so are the drinks! Fresh fruit and vegetable homemade infusions are the base of all the custom cocktails you can get, and the list is impressive! Perfect for brunch, though breakfast is only served on weekends. Can't miss with their mango mimosa anytime, and while the menu may be a little eccentric for some, there is something for everyone. Like more standard fare? Get a torta (sandwich) with homemade chips ...the chicken adobo is a group favorite. The manzana salad is large and filling, and the tostadas are all great! We loved this place and visit every time we're back home (native San Antonians). The only drawbacks are that it is very small, which can lead to significant wait times when busy, and it's in an industrial area so there isn't a lot right around there to walk to or browse while waiting. Additionally, parking is a problem for the same reasons. If you make plans to visit right when they open, you won't have any problems. Otherwise, if you are visiting SA, recommend making a reservation and exploring cab, public transportation, or hotel shuttle if available for late night/peak time visits.
Great lunch spot
I was surprised to find that The Fruiteria wasn't packed at lunch. We were able to get right in. I had a breaded chicken torta (sandwich) that came with fresh chips and it was delicious. There are also tostada and salads on the lunch menu but neither came with sides. I wish there were additional options but good was yummy. Also, got a fruit cup to go with my choice of fruits!
Great place to have eat!
I had the best experience at The Fruteria! The servers were attentive and polite. Food was amazing. I had the three course special. Their new desert included a pineapple ice cream topped with cajeta and spicy nuts. It was amazingly good! Great quality for the price! Romantic and definitely a hidden gem. I will return!
We visited this restaurant to celebrate a friend's birthday, and the atmosphere was festive and energetic. The food was so flavorful and unique. The combinations of sweet and salty as well as celebration of authentic Mexican cuisine made this one of my top favorites in San Antonio.
Great food/ poor service
The food was outstanding, once it finally arrived. We waited for 30 minutes for our drinks after ordering. The single drink received, out of the two ordered, was for another table. I walked it back to the bar to ask for the drinks ordered. Once received, they were FaNTASTIC!!! The food was phenomenal. We ordered 5 dishes, all outstanding...especially the mushroom quesadillas!!! The service was disappointing after driving 27 minutes to the restaurant. For over $100 for appetizers and three drinks, I expect better service & great food. Unfortunately, I will not be making the journey there again.
My family and I have dined here twice for breakfast. Tonight's dinner was wonderful. Love, love the small plates. We tried quesadillas, chile relenos and ceviche! All most wonderful. I had the Sangria and my husband a beer! It was really a great, flavorful meal. The wait staff very attentive and pleasant. Love also that you can make reservations! Wishing this were true for La Gloria (which we also love!)
Delicious food and drinks
Really enjoyed the food, and though they call them "small" plates, 2 starters and 2 mains were more than enough food for 2 people. The drinks are also fabulous. Highly recommend the infusion margaritas. Noise level was due not to patrons, but to the World Cup game on the television.
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